The NCAA Tournament continues this week with games Thursday – Saturday. The St. Louis area will host three games with the McKendree and Maryville men both receiving byes for the first round of the DII tournament that opens Thu-Fri. They both play Sunday at noon against ranked foes who also received byes for the first round. They are joined by Bellarmine in that regard while UIndy opens 1st round play Thursday. St. Louis NCAA Soccer Tournament Action
The third set of local matches are occurring at Francis Field as the Washington University Bears continue their strong play, hosting the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight round on Saturday and Sunday. WashU won the National title in 2016 after finishing second in 2015. This weekend represents their eighth trip in nine years to the third round. The quality at this level of DIII is remarkable and worth checking out personally as you and your daughter(s) consider their college aspirations. Saturday at 11am and Sunday at 1pm if they advance.
Here’s the schedule of games for teams with St. Louis representation, all of which can be found on my St. Louis soccer calendar while TV games will be updated as information becomes available. I’ll post here and to my Soccer on TV calendar. After the schedule I’m adding information on the players and teams who are competing.
HIGHLIGHTS (more details below)
Of note, I have a DirecTV sports subscription which now offers the ACC Network and SEC Network, both via satellite orthe WatchESPN website/app so I have begun including those games in my TV calendar. I hope you have them as well. I’ve also made a few ‘educated guesses’ about who advances to the Saturday and Sunday games to keep them visible. Cross your fingers and check back for the latest info.
|Thu 11:00||DII Men||1st Round: UIndy v Ft. Hays State||3-2 Indy|
|Thu 12:00||DII Women||1st Rd: #6 Rockhurst v #3 Findlay||2-1 PK's Findlay|
|Thu 18:00||DI Men||Yale v Boston College||3-0 BC|
|Thu 18:20||DI Men||1st Round: Loyola v Kentucky||2-1 2nd OT KY|
|Thu 18:00||DI Men||1st Round: Notre Dame v Wright State||3-2 WS 1st ever NCAA win|
|Thu 19:30||DI Men||1st Round: MO State hosts Denver||1-0 MO State 1st ever NCAA win|
|Fri 09:00||DII Women||1st Rd: #5 McKendree v #4 Ashland||1-0 McK|
|Fri 12:00||DII Women||1st Rd: #1 GVSU v #8 Southern IN||7-1 GVSU|
|Fri 13:00||DII Women||1st Rr: #2 UCM host #7 SW OK||4-1 UCM|
|Fri 14:00||D1 Women||2nd Rd: #3 Kansas v Xavier||3-0 KU|
|Fri 14:00||D1 Women||2nd Rd: #4 Texas Tech v Michigan||3-2 MI|
|Fri 15:30||DIII Men||3rd Rd: North Park v Calvin||2-1 PK's Calvin|
|Fri 17:00||D1 Women||2nd Rd: Notre Dame v #2 South Carolina||1-0 USC|
|Sat 11:00||DIII Women||Sweet 16: #3 WashU v #23 Cal Lutheran||2-1 WU|
|Sat 13:30||DIII Women||Sweet 16: #8 Pomona v #8 Chicago||1-0 Pomona|
|Sat 14:00||DII Men||2nd Round: UIndy v Lake Erie||2-0 Indy|
|Sat 17:30||DII Men||2nd Round: #2 Bellarmine v Cedarville||1-0 PKs|
|Sun 11:00||DI Men||2nd Round: Indiana hosts Kentucky||BTN.com stream|
|Sun 12:00||D1 Women||3rd Rd: Michigan v North Carolina||ACC Network|
|Sun 12:00||DII Men||2nd Round: #3 Maryville hosts #6 Tiffin||GLVCSN|
|Sun 12:00||DII Men||2nd Round: #4 McKendree host #5 OH Valley||GLVCSN|
|Sun 12:00||DII Women||2nd Rd: #5 McKendree v #1 GVSU||ESPN3|
|Sun 13:00||DII Women||2nd Rd: #2 UCM host #3 Concordia||UCM Stream|
|Sun 13:00||DIII Women||Elite 8: #3 WashU v Pomona||WUSTL Stream|
|Sun 13:00||D1 Women||3rd Rd: Kansas v South Carolina||Watch ESPN/SEC Network|
|Sun 14:00||DII Women||2nd Rd: #1 UCCS host #5 Dixie State||UCCS Stream|
|Sun 17:00||DI Men||2nd Round: MO State at UCF||UCF Stream|
|Sun 19:00||DI Men||2nd Round: SMU hosts Coastal Carolina||SMU Stream|
|Sun 19:00||DI Men||2nd Round: Stanford hosts Seattle||PAC 12 network|
There are seven Men’s teams I’m tracking – Missouri State and Loyola from the Missouri Valley Conference, the B1G Champion Indiana Hoosiers, Notre Dame, Stanford, Yale and SMU.
Unbeaten Missouri State (17-0-1) hosts its first-ever NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament match Thursday (Nov. 21) with a first round matchup against Denver (6-11-3), starting at 7:00 p.m. at Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium. The Bears are making their fourth appearance in the NCAA Tournament where they are 0-3 in their three previous games. The team features Michael Creek (Lindbergh) in goal with #17 Ian Jones (Alton, 18 games played) and #5 Evan DeGreeff (DeSmet, 6 games played)
— MSU Men's Soccer (@MSUBearsMSoccer) November 22, 2019
Loyola Chicago has one local representative, #7 Billy Hency (Summit). After starting 12 games as a freshman he’s started all 19 games this season with four goals and four assists. That’s third on the team in overall points and first (with two others) in assists. After defeating Missouri State in PK’s for the automatic bid, the team has drawn Kentucky in the first round with the game being played Thursday at 6pm CT and being shown on ESPN3. The winner will advance to face Indiana Sunday at 11am, hopefully on BTN.
Notre Dame features one St. Louis player, #27 Jack Lynn (STLFC Academy). After a highly productive freshman year, scoring three goals as a substitute with his first coming against Indiana and then the game-winner against #10 Virginia in the 3rd round last year, he is now the top points man for the squad as a sophomore. 9 goals and an assist gives him 19 points with the next closest player having 10 points, playing in all 18 games. He’s scored five goals in the last eight games.
The Fighting Irish will open against Wright State on Thursday at 6pm on the ACC Network. The winner advances to face #13 Michigan on Sunday. It looks like that match, or the Indiana match, will be the BTN broadcast game.
Stanford includes Logan Panchot who I featured as the top graduating high school player in 2017, following his time with the USYNT and the Residency Camp (where he roomed with Christian Pulisic). The Cardinal earned a bye and will open play on Sunday evening at 7pm CT.
Yale has CCP and STLFC alum Ryan Matteo who has started 16 games this season. 5 assists, three having come in the last four games, he’s finishing his senior campaign strong.
Our magical season ends in the first round of the NCAA Tournament
13 wins matches the school record set in 1999.
Ivy League champions for the first time since 2005
— Yale Men's Soccer (@YaleMSoccer) November 22, 2019
Southern Methodist has one player – Mitchell Murphy – who played for Quincy Notre Dame and Lou Fusz Geerling. He hasn’t broken into the lineup yet but the other reason to watch this team is that it is coached by Kevin Hudson. It’s the Mustangs (16-1-1) 33rd appearance in the tournament, and fourth since Kevin Hudson took over the program in 2015. SMU’s selection as the No. 8 seed marks the seventh Top 8 seed since 2000 for the program, who made runs to the College Cup in 2000 and 2005. They await the winner of the opening-round match between NC State (9-6-3) from the ACC and Sun Belt champions Coastal Carolina (9-7-3).
On the Women’s side there are three teams to watch – #3 Kansas and Xavier, who face off Friday at 2pm and #4 Texas Tech. Kansas includes Sr. Madison Meador who has moved to outside back this year following her season in the middle of the defense last year. Xavier has …
Texas Tech has the incomparable #22 Kirsten Davis (Westminster All-American) who has scored 16 goals this season after netting six in the previous two seasons. That explosion earned her the Offensive Player of the Year award for the Big 12. The Red Raiders head to Chapel Hill to face Michgian in a second round match on Friday at 2pm that will be broadcast on ESPN3. The winner faces off against the North Carolina/Colorado winner on Sunday.
The top-ranked program coming out of Missouri are the Central Missouri Jennies. The women won the National title in 2017 and despite falling in the MIAA Conference semifinal earned a #2 seed and hosting this weekend. As the No. 2 seed, the Jennies will host the No. 7 seed Southwestern Oklahoma State on Friday, Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. Central Missouri will also host the No. 3 Concordia-St. Paul and the No. 6 Northeastern State on Friday at 10 a.m. The winner of the Concordia-St. Paul/Northeastern State game will face the winner of the Central Missouri/Southwestern Oklahoma State game at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24. All games will be played on Jennies Field in Warrensburg, Mo. The Jennies are making their 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and their 13th appearance overall. Central Missouri has won the Central Region Tournament the past five years in a row.
Besides the Jennies, it’s all about the GLVC for us in DII. Four Great Lakes Valley Conference women’s teams made the cut, or half the eight-team field in the Conference tournament. Three of them – McKendree, Southern Indiana and Rockhurst – feature St. Louis players.
As the 8-seed, GLVC Champion University of Southern Indiana (12-6-2) will be making its first appearance in the NCAA postseason since 1998. The Screaming Eagles – the league’s automatic qualifier – will face top seed and second-ranked Grand Valley State, which won the GLIAC tournament and earned the AQ. That match will take place on campus at GVSU in Allendale, Michigan, Friday, Nov. 22 at 12 p.m. Central Time. Fifth-seed and GLVC Regular Season champion McKendree University (15-3-3) was selected as an at-large team to compete in the postseason event for the fourth consecutive season and will take on 12th-ranked and fourth-seeded Ashland University (14-4-1) at 9 a.m. CT Friday. The winner of those two matches will face each other for a chance to advance to the Midwest Regional Championship game.
Sixth-seeded Rockhurst (14-5) will meet host and third-seeded Findlay (20-0-1), on Thursday, at 1 p.m. ET. The Hawks garnered an-at large berth for their seventh invitation to the NCAA Tournament. The winner will face the Walsh/UIndy winner Saturday for a chance to advance to the Midwest Regional Championship game. #3 Elle Guttmann (St. Joe), #10 Greta Seal (St. Joe), #5 Mary Koeller (St. Dominic) #11 Kaylee Freihaut (Lutheran South) are regular starters with Guttman third in points with 10 and second in assists with 6. Seal and Koeller have 8 and 6 points respectively. Rosie Breheny (St. Joe) and Megan Meyers (Pacific) have split the load in goal with 10 and 9 starts respectively although Breheny has been between the uprights for the last three games, including the two GLVC playoff games.
Hawks suffer shootout loss in NCAA opener https://t.co/93BZyEs4pD
— Rockhurst Athletics (@RUhawks) November 21, 2019
Four Men’s teams also received invitations. All four have at least one St. Louis player on the roster. Unbeaten and 12th-ranked Bellarmine University (16-0-4) will be the 2-seed and one of four hosts in the Super Region 3 bracket with a first-round bye. On Saturday, Nov. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time, the Knights will face the winner of 7-seed Cedarville (11-3-6) and GLIAC Champion 10-seed UW-Parkside (13-5-2), which will meet at 6:30 p.m. ET Thursday, Nov. 21. Bellarmine earned the league’s automatic bid after winning the GLVC Championship Tournament on Sunday and is making its first-ever appearance in the NCAA postseason. The team is coached by Tim Chastonay, a DeSmet Spartan alum.
UPDATE Saturday – Indy awaits the winner of McKendree v Ohio Vally while Bellarmine also advances to the 3rd round and awaits the winner of the Maryville v Tiffin match (Sunday)
With an at-large bid, No. 3 seed and 17th-ranked Maryville University (15-3-2) will also host a first-round regional game, facing No. 6 seed and Great Midwest (G-MAC) Champion Tiffin (11-4-5) on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 12 p.m. Central Time. This is the first time in school history that a Saints team in any sport has hosted an NCAA Tournament contest and will also be the third time they’ve appeared in the event, making their third-straight trip.
The top half of the bracket features two other Conference teams, including 24th-ranked and 4-seed McKendree University (15-3-2) that will have hosting duties against No. 5 seed Ohio Valley (12-5-2) on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 12 p.m. CT. This is the first NCAA berth for the GLVC Regular Season champion Bearcats.
University of Indianapolis (12-5-1) was tabbed the ninth seed in its fourth NCAA postseason appearance and will face 8-seed Fort Hays State (13-5-2) on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 12 p.m. ET in Painesville, Ohio. The winner of that match will face top-seeded and fourth-ranked Lake Erie (18-2) on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. ET.
PREVIEW | @NCAADIII Women’s Soccer Sectional.
11am – No. 3 WashU vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
130pm – No. 8 Pomona-Pitzer vs. No. 16 Chicago
1pm – Sectional Championship
— WashU Bears (@WASHUBears) November 21, 2019